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be very interesting. still ahead, a critical decision loom for the prop 8 in california. we'll have reaction from both sides and how fran is preparing for tomorrow's ruling. >>> also, lotto fans rejoice. the new option coming to california and what it could mean for the state budget. plus -- >> reporter: and speaking of that state budget, in tonight's reality check, we look at redevelopments and whether or not claims are true that city governments could be bilked by the state out of their own land. >>> good evening. i'm jeff ranieri in the weather center. we're tracking the storm as rain moves in across the bay. >>> for decades, redevelop many served as a tool for cities until the great recession hit and california's governor dissolved them to save money. some local governments say they're losing more than they ever bargained for. in only the's reality check, sam brock examines one city's claim that the state of california might rob its taxpayers of hundreds of millions in assets. >> good evening. this subject matter is all on display in a letter sent to santa clara taxpayers in whi
the biggest case of money laundering that we have seen in california. >> reporter: several organizations including nonprofit california common cause that filed the complaint with the state claimed one of the groups involved, the center to protect patient rights, has ties to the billionaire kosh broth koch brothers. they're investigating the large donation since they require contributors be identified if they give to nonprofits with the intent to spend money on state campaigns. >> we're going to pursue every option we have to ensure that the political transparency laws in california are adhered to and whether it is with respect to this particular organization from arizona or any of the other groups that are also involved in this matter. >> reporter: one of the campaigns funded by the $11 million is prop 30, a tax initiative sponsored gi governor brown. the other is prop 32 which will ban payroll deductions for political purposes. >> i'm curious about who are these people that think they need to secretly influence california elections, and where is the money coming from? >> we need more
and dozens of investigations with that question in california and on the west coast. they've found that supply and demand dynamics are what determine the price of fuels. >> an industry spokesman says refineries are playing by the fluls a tightly balanced market. lawmakers say they've got a lot of questions that still need answers. >> there are more hearings scheduled for the coming weeks and coming months. one thing that was revealed today is that refineries are not required to report to the state when they have scheduled maintenance or unplanned shutdowns. the senator wants to change that. reporting live in richmond, i'm jodi hernandez, nbc bay area news. >>> thank you, jodi. >> the bankrupt solyndra has a new buyer. there's been a sale approved to sea gate technology for $90 million. drastically below the $300 million it cost to build the pa silt. the plans to use the building for research and development. solyndra received a half billion dollar loan from the government to create that building. how could it have happened? that's what parents are asking tonight after a registered
in the california national guard. >>> in tonight's reality check, a billion dollars of san jose investment in just six months? we take a look at mayor reed and city council's lofty goal. >> we're about to undergo major changes after near record setting heat and 75 in santa cruz. we're tracking two development storms and let you know when the rain arrives in a few minutes. >>> the lawyer for two nurses say their clients acted negligently not criminally. the inmates medical care, elmarch algodo and ra dofl foe were taken into custody. they were in possession of controlled substances. the lawyer says the nurses were keeping few unused pills for instances when the inmates refused to take their meds to make up for shortages in the inventory. >> $1 billion in just six months, that is the goal that mayor chuck reed and the san jose city council has set for investment in the city. is it even possible? in tonight's reality check, sam brach sits down with all of the players to find that answer. and sam, has the mayor set the sights too high? >> the truth of the matter is the demand is there, drive around sa
of this never ending conflict. the truth is that the california nurse's association is trying to protect the richest contract in its union and the richest contract, for that matter in the entire country. both sides acknowledge that, but the truth is also that hundreds of part-time nurses could end up with no health care at all if the proposal is pushed through. power, it's a relative term for the california nurses association. a total of seven strikes in just over a year has netted little progress and no deal on a union contract that expired in the middle of 2011. >> what we're asking for is nothing more than what we have. we're not asking for anything more than the contract that we have. >> but the contract the nurses have, which includes three hospitals in the east bay, is the richest in the country. by both sides' admission. >> they're very, very well compensated, and they should be. the bay area is expensive. they're the top of the heap. >> just how high up on that heap is up for debate. using the same w-2 forms, health officials say the average nurse pulls in $136,000 for a full-tim
at one time. >> reporter: here's some perspective. there are 12 police chiefs in california who once climbed the ranks here in san jose. hayward, daly city, san leandro to name a few. if you think they're not keeping an eye on what's happening here in san jose, you might want to think again. live in san jose, i'm damian trujillo, nbc bay area news. >> thank you, damian. >>> the hunt is on for a man who police say is one of two suspects that went on a crime spree ultimately killing a young man and injuring an officer. tonight, the reward money has been increased. nbc bay area's kris sanchez has new details and joins us from the 7-eleven in san jose. that's where that crime spree turned deadly. >> reporter: hi, there. yes, the suspect in custody and the one still on the loose fired directly at that police officer as he sat in his car, a sitting duck, so to speak. he ducked under his dash just to make sure that he could survive the accident. that was after the suspects gunned down a young man here at the 7-eleven after trying to carjack him. a collection of things that remind rory parkp
in california and the country. >> the country is diverse. the definition of the diverse. the republican party believe they could continue to rely and there would be enough of those people traditional whites that they could be a viable party. >> reporter: he says not only does the party need to be more inclusive it needs to the move to the middle acknowledging the liberal shift of california voters. >> the republican party needs to figure out how to be the right party for california and if they can figure that out, they very well may lead their national party in a better direction. >> reporter: though he acknowledges the gop must do more to broaden its base, but he believes the party's fortunes will turn around. >> there are pendulum swings in politics. the republicans are focused and will have the opportunity to make their case again. >> reporter: again, the state chair of the republican party acknowledges that some changes need to be made, namely making the party more diverse. he says the time for outreach is now. reporting live, i'm jodi. >>> how a man ended up in a trash can of all places.
this thanksgiving in california. right now the travel rush doesn't look too bad but let's show what you it looks like on 101 and palo al itto. nearly half of themre expected to hit the road today at some point. 80 and emeryville, that one is crowded. chp says it will be out in force this holiday to crack down on anyone who may be out having a little too much to drink and driving tipsy. >> as for our airport, surprisingly smooth. no major problems is the sfo or oakland. this is just the beginning of this holiday season. things can change quickly. when you fly, choose your airport wisely. here is nbc bay area's joe risotto jr. >> reporter: despite warnings traveling on the busiest travel day of the year, this person braved sfo on a pilgrimage home to new jersey. >> trying to go home to see my family for thanksgiving, and my high school reunion. >> reporter: after flying in and out of sfo over the years, he was bracing for the worst. he spent plenty of time here mainly because of weather delays. >> that's when it's really bad with the fog. you circle around for some time or you depart. i usually co
adds that rating services such as standard & poor's are already noting california's new income and viewing its financial outlook favorably. >> now the passage of both proposition 30 and san francisco's proposition a provides sorely needed funds to san francisco city college as well. prop 30 narrowly passed and measure a received more than 60% of the vote. but the school is in such dire straits that long-term problems will still taunt administrators for a while. nbc's barry santiago is at city college with more. this is a long time in the making, arturo. >> it is, jessica, but the good news is city college will not have to cut its entire summer session, spring classes or even declare bankruptcy. but even the people who run the school will tell you they are far from being out of the woods financially. san francisco city college was facing imminent financial disaster. it faced bankruptcy and loss of its accreditation. but the passage of proposition a and proposition 30, along with changes in the way the college operates, is keeping the school on life support. it still has major pr
system to the south. two tornado reports in southern california. for us, wind that top 60 miles per hour. not only that, but light thing early this morning, in san francisco. and also in oakland. and hail reports that covered even parts of highway 101 near the san francisco airport. producing a multiple car accident. and then, at the peak of this weather, army this morning, at least 900 power outages were reported. now, look at this. this is the instance of some of the hail that we had come down. this picture coming to us from oakland and hartnit through national weather service. not a white ground. that is all hail covering the ground, the chairs, also, some of the benches back there. so, let's get a look right now. tracking more active tee here across the santa cruz mountains. not done yet, the cold core, low-pressure system has enough instability we are looking at a few areas of downpours expected for tonight. this particular thunderstorm, cell, across santa cruz mountains, 1/2 inch and/or greater per hour. isolated flooding concerns for the mountains. thunderstorms look to live up he
and california have laws on the books allowing patients to use medical marijuana. the doctor says she's prescribed it before with her young patients, but she uses it more often with adolescents. still, her mom says she was desperate to find something to help her daughter deal with the side effects of her treatment. >> i felt like i was going to lose my child. at that point i knew that i would do whatever it took to save her life. >>> speaking of marijuana, it could be the first in the country. a public university with a department devoted to pot. humboldt will be taking advantage of its location in the prime growing region. the csu campus will open the institute for research. they will coordinate research mock 11 faculty members from politics, psychology and sociology of pot. ucberkeley and ucla are two of the largest colleges in california. they're also the most dangerous. they averaged crime data over the last four years ucla among the country was number one. uc berkeley was number three. san diego state is number seven. and uc riverside at 24. ucla is denying the fining, saying the
ups. i just did get off the phone with a california highway patrol spokes woman and said there was 100 more crashes reported today than yesterday. we are talking about known hot spots where rain and speed just don't mix. a california highway patrol officer had no choice but to use his patrol car. the roadways so narrow not even a tow truck could make it through. he watched as the driver of the van spun out creating the chain reaction. >> they drive too fast especially around these curves here. any liquid on the pavement you are going to spin out. >> reporter: he watches the traffic all day from the windows of his restaurant. >> i have seen it all, cars flippeover, the helipad in the back. all the time, dry, wet. people are getting flown out of here. >> reporter: a retired san francisco police officer says he sees it, too. >> the chps are never sitting here for more than four minutes because this road makes people crazy. they drive too fast. they don't pay attention to the conditions. >> reporter: the conditions were rainy, foggy and windy einf to bring down part of the tree. a differen
arrested, 49-year-old jeffrey mcgann from southern california. police say he was boarding an airplane headed to lax. a tsa person spotted the watch. it looked like it contained bomb-making material. police say it had a circuit board inside the watch but it was not a bomb, and there's a lot of other things that made this man and this watch suspicious. >> it was a one-day turn around flight so he's out and back within a day. he was wearing a military-style shirt that has aç tourniquet built into it so if you receive a traumatic injury to your arm you can tighten the tourniquet and it will stop the bleeding. not a common item for civilians to wear. >> reporter: police also tell us tonight that mcgann was wearing unusual shoes, work boots with a removable sole inside and they were also two sizes too big. all of this considered evidence, police say, that mcgann considered himself an artist and he says that the watch was art. he is also being held at the sana'a rita jail. >> just a little odd. thank you very much, cheryl. >>> well, now that the bay area is on storm watch. we'v
looks familiar. a day that brought giants fans together from across northern california. >> we have all of the highlights and team coverage. let's begin with damian trujillo at at&t park with fan reaction. hi, damion. >> reporter: it was so loud in the parade route i told a san francisco police officer we needed earplugs and she jokingly said what? you know these fans came out to see their favorite giants and they did not disappoint. some arrived at 4:00 this morning, they braved the overcast skies and the lack of bathrooms all to get a glimpse of their favorite players. >> this is a fairy tale comeback story for the giants, baby! come back kings. >> one boy in the front row said he wasn't about to make the same mistake twice. >> i don't know what she was thinking. she thinks school is more important, she's wrong. >> i thought he had to go to school. i was a bad mother. in 2010, not now. >> and they got louder as the players made their way up market street. the giants knew they'd come out in droves. but even they were surprised by the large crowds and the noise they were making. >> 6:30
separates fact from promise. >> reporter: the folks at the california resources board are gearing up for what they call a historic day as they prepare to auction off pollution permits to the state's largest greenhouse gas emitters. >> they include everything from cement to glass to oil refining to food processing. >> reporter: under the landmark cap and trade system, more than 300 california companies will be required to cap emissions or buy so-called carbon credits at auction. it's the centerpiece of a state lot aimed at reducing greenhouse gases to 1990s levels by 2020. >> the goal of this is to cut the kind of emissions that can cause global warming. and what that means is that greenhouse gases are what we're after. >> reporter: but some worry the new requirements will hit companies hard. some speculate it could mean higher prices for consumers. pg&e says it supports the move but isn't sure how it may impact rates. >> i think all eyes are on california to see the outcome of this. that's why we want this program to be successful. pg&e has been at the table in this process to ensure
california right now. plus 400 other first responders and repair crews ready to go. plus 1200 customer service reps ready for whatever the weather will bring. >> we will try to minimize the impact. >> reporter: the california highway patrol is ready, too. >> we're always ready. we're expecting lots of crashes. >> if you crash, drive off the freeway, if you can, if you can't, stay in the car with your seat belt on. the best edadvice is to be safen the first place. slow down and pay attention. >> put your phones away. no texting and driving. no talking on the cell phone. >> reporter: we found drivers getting ready for the rain before a single drop fell, changing out windchill wipers. >> leaving a little early because i know there's going to be more craziness on the road than usual. >> now if you come across a downed power line in the roadway, pg&e says assume it's a live wire and therefore dangerous. call in a professional. if you lose power at your home, you can report it. the outage line is 1-800-pgh-5002. you can follow them on twitter. if you hit standing water, don't hit the brakes.
the california highway patrol conducted no investigation after the bus drivers exposed critical problems. >> do you feel the california highway patrol let you, the drivers, and the students down? >> oh, yeah, definitely. they sure did. especially when you're transporting special needs children. you let us down big time. >> reporter: the decision to fire you. what does that say about durham? >> they don't care. they just wanted me out. because i supposedly lied. i didn't lie. you've got the proof right there, tony. i want my job back. i want to be able to go back to see my children that i transport every day and that they miss me. they call me miss lorraine. some of them call me mama. mama lorraine. >> reporter: fighting for her students. in its letter to lorraine ramirez, durham said she was fired for violations of company policy. she believes the reasons were manufactured. after our investigation in may, ramirez tells us, she was called in to the office and told, if she talks to nbc bay area again, she would be fired. for the record, she did not talk again until after she was fired. jessica? >
is king, but california has decided to keep cursive in the classroom. california is one of only a handful of states that says it is important to keep teaching kids the skill of cursive writing. it has been a growing trend across the nation not to teach kids to write in cursive. critics say it is a waste of time and out of date in a digitized society. but supporters say it helps develop motor skills, reinforces literacy and gives students a way to develop their own unique stamp of identity. california educators say it will remain a third grade classroom staple, at least for now. and we'll be right back with sports. >>> welcome back. a trip to the pac-12 championship game is on the line. stanford beat oregon last week, but there is still a debate over which team is the best team in the pac-12 north. now both teams entered today's action 7-1 in the division. a victory by oregon forces stanford to win tonight in order to advance to the title game. let's get to some action. beginning with the fifth-ranked ducks, who faced 15th ranked oregon state in the civil war rivalry game. 20-17, ducks. se
the homeless rather than give spare change. >>> another step back to closing california's budget deficit. the steal of the state's first pollution permits brought in much less money than expected. the governor and lawmakers projected three auctions would raise $1 billion. but now analysts project it will only bring the state around $216 million. the governor's january budget could reflect the lower projections. >>> illegal marijuana growers appear to be growing green. investigators say growers around the country are turning to solar power to remain off the grid and avoid deduction. police in new mexico said it's a growing crime and have busted many illegal marijuana operations that use solar panels. authorities in california say they're patrolling the wine country for solar panel thefts. they believe they're being used to grow pot. >>> in the sierra, this year's black friday turned out to be fairly white. here is a look at conditions on the roads and on the slopes. >> reporter: these snowmen were hanging out in mud and grass, and the skiers and snowboarders were headed higher up. >> it's
for business. the pentagon has asked pg&e to send equipment from california to help restore power there. the hardest hit area, staten island in new york and the jersey shore where homes are completely destroyed. debris scattered all over the streets. in seaside heights, the historic boardwalk partially washed away and the iconic roller coaster now in the atlantic ocean. >> it is still hard to believe, you know? you feel you'll wake up any minute. >> what can you do, you know? you have to believe in tomorrow and, you know, hopefully everybody can rebuild. >> the major airports in the new york area are back up and running and partial service has been restored to some of new york's subway lines. nbc will televise a telethon tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. to raise money for the victims of sandy. new jersey native, bruce springsteen and john bonn jovi will be performing. >>> more fallout from the penn state child sex abuse scandal. today more charges were filed against graham spanier. state prosecutors say he was involved in the cover-up of former assistant football coach jerry sandusky. senten
. we are tracking a system moving across california, even producing rainfall a few hundred miles away. we will let you know if we will get any of that, and a weekend warm up, so warm, air quality expected to suffer even into next monday. we will have details on this whacky weather coming up in a few minutes. alright let's break it down. mom, pop it. ♪ two inches apart, becky. two inches. t-minus nine minutes. [ ding ] [ female announcer ] pillsbury cinnamon rolls. let the making begin. ♪ too bad the guys aren't here we're clear. ok, swarm! swarm! hello [ female announcer ] pillsbury chocolate chip cookies. let the making begin >> decision 2012, four days to go until election day and when you finally get to vote and when you finally get to stop seeing all the political ads and if you feel like you are tired of all of of it, take comfort that here in the bay area, we do not have it so bad. we are live in san francisco, with more. >> well, jessica, no doubt that there's no doubt that people are getting tired of all the political ads and this year, though, for the bay area, at least t
to television in northern california. >> and i'll tell you about a new friend. >> for nearly three decades, cheryl herd has been making deadlines, covering stories that have impacted lives and shaped the bay area's rich history. cheryl has never backed down, not even tear gas could stop her. >> you heard it, the tear gas went off and is pretty strong. >> not only that, cheryl is one of the most funny and kind people know i know. no matter what she is doing, she is always kind, congratulations my friend. and rob mayeda has more. >>> the weather, and cheryl looking great, too, temperatures in the mid-60s, san francisco, low 70s today, 77 in south san jose, and if you like today i think you will really like tomorrow. we'll add about five more degrees to the temperatures, warming things up to wrap up for the weekend. and notice inland, 70 degrees at altamonte pass, we're seeing it in the north bay, but not in the inland, patchy areas of fog forming. chilly night of 40s, 50s, and we'll go on a roller coaster ride for the next few days. temperatures dropping down, 30 degrees difference between t
. california voters passed prop 36 changing the three strikes policy. now thousands of prisoners who have weak third strikes might soon be set free, and their loved ones are waiting open arms. we have one family's emotional story. >>> i want my brother to know that we love him, that we're waiting for him, and i can't wait to see my mom's arms around him. and when he's home, our family will be complete. >> reporter: elizabeth cruz says her family finally has hope. the passage of proposition 36 means her brother, robert john cruz, may be getting out of prison. cruz is serving a life sentence for a nonviolent drug possession conviction. a conviction that under the state's three strikes law sent him away for life. >> he has paid for more than enough. he's done more than enough time already. >> reporter: cruz's mother says the punishment didn't fit the crime. and now that californians have voted to revise the law, the mother of ten is hopeful her family will soon be together again. >> this is what he did for me for mother's day, for birthdays. for christmases, thanksgivings. like my daughter said,
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